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by Lande Anjous-Zygmunt

I have been living in Sweden for over 10 years. This experience has been enriching and challenging.

I moved to Sweden for family reasons. I met my husband, a Swede, during my studies in England. We happened to share the same hall of residence and one thing led to another and before I knew it I was saying “I do” 12 years ago and the rest as they say is history. After getting married, the debate for where to live and settle down was up for grabs and Sweden won over England.

One of the major challenges as you would expect was learning the language. The Swedes as you know are excellent at speaking English and you can get by living in Sweden with speaking only English, in fact I met an older English lady who had lived in Sweden for 25 years without speaking Swedish. However, I didn’t want this to be my case because to truly know and understand a people you must learn their language. And so the learning started and today thankfully, I speak Swedish fluently, at least that’s what they tell me!

Lund’s center town square

Another major challenge was finding a suitable job. Coming from a successful career in London to the difficulty of getting a job in Lund was quite a shock. As much as this was a difficult challenge it is one that gave birth to the realisation of one of my dreams; to run an art gallery. Started modernafricanart at the end of 2006 and we have been fortunate to have some exciting exhibitions at a number of prestigious locations in southern Sweden.

We have been blessed with two children and raising them to be proud of both their Nigerian and Swedish heritage is very important to us. Actually I see it as a priceless gift that not every child has, so it should be treasured. Living in Sweden means that keeping the Nigerian and African culture alive is very pertinent. This we do in all possible ways!

Painting by artist Sam Ovraiti

Living in Sweden has also made me treasure so much more the values and principles I was brought up with. This really becomes apparent when you live in a society that is very different or built on other values.

Overall, moving to a new place you should be just as open to take in their influences, as you are willing to share yours. It’s a two-way play; if you are open you will learn a lot and many will learn from you. It’s all about building a lasting relationship with your new home; give and you will get back in multiple folds.

Ehi Rug (l) by artist Ehi Obinyan, rug on right by artist Sam Ovraiti

For further information about the artists shown here and to see further examples of their work and others represented by Lande’s gallery modernafricanart please take a look at their company website: www.modernafricanart.com, or contact them via email: info@modernafricanart.com

painting by artist Tola Wewe
Photo credits: Images of artwork, rugs and Lande’s portrait courtesy of Lande Anjous-Zygmunt

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2 Responses to “Realising a dream in Lund, Sweden”

  1. afoke says:

    I love Lande’s creative angle to showcasing a depth of value in African art and craft works. It is inspiring as well as a point for history of our artistic ability.

  2. Lande says:

    Thank you so much Afoke for your encouraging and supportive comments. Much appreciated!

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